[cayugabirds-l] Wood Thrush

2013-04-29 Thread Lisa Wood
I was surprised (and delighted) to hear a single Wood Thrush singing this 
morning in the woods behind our house. This is about a week earlier than usual.

Lisa Wood
Culver Rd.
Town of Ithaca
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[cayugabirds-l] Apologies

2013-04-29 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
My apologies for incuding all that trash in our last post. Those of us who get 
this
in digest form know what a pain that is. Sorry.
John
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[cayugabirds-l] Common(land) Raven, Catbird, Pewee?

2013-04-29 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
A raven was soaring all around commonland this morning (a bird which I
would've seen if I'd walked back to my yard -- does that count? ;-D).
In the thickets a FOY catbird was foraging and meowing, and in the
woods a black-throated-green was singing. A towhee which I'd been
hearing call for at least a week now sang a strange song of three
powerful rattling sequences -- drink your tea, Tea! TEA!! -- but it
continues to evade visual observation. Finally, for a moment I thought
I heard the start of a pe-o-wee, but it paused abruptly and did not
recur. It came from near where starlings and goldfinches tend to hang
out, and not deep in the woods.

Suan

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[cayugabirds-l] Goetchius Solitary Spotted Sandpipers

2013-04-29 Thread John Confer
Solitary Sandpiper conviently in east end of new pond closest to parking lot. 
Pair of Spotted Sandpiper in west end of new pond to the north of parking area.



I'm still trying to figure out if there is just one or maybe two singing 
meadowlarks (You would think that would be easy, buy they/it fly/flies around.) 
Please let me know if you hear two at once.



Cheers,



John

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[cayugabirds-l] Northern Parula - Lansing

2013-04-29 Thread Scott Haber
A newly-arrived Northern Parula was singing away in the aspens and elms off
our patio this morning. It was very odd to hear that song while also
watching two lingering Common Redpolls at our feeders: I can't imagine
those species cross paths very often.

-Scott

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[cayugabirds-l] finches and wh thr sparrows

2013-04-29 Thread Laura Stenzler
This morning brought us many, many White-throated Sparrows, sharing the feeders 
with Purple Finches, Goldfinches, 6-8 Pine Siskins and a number of continuing 
Redpolls (5 or 6). They are going through sunflower seeds at a most a alarming 
rate! No warblers other than one cold Yello-rumped.
Laura

Hunt Hill Rd.
Ithaca


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[cayugabirds-l] Female Ring-necked Pheasant

2013-04-29 Thread Richard Tkachuck
Today as I look out of my study window, I see a female ring-neck moving
about the yard. She has been here for about 5 hours taking some seed from
under a feeder, but mostly by my car. She has picked some smashed insects
off of the grill and has mostly done a whole lot of nothing. We noticed her
a few days ago in the field across the road spending time in a limited
area. She looks healthy. Just wondering what may be going on. BTW, we are
about 25 miles away from the Cornell pheasant farm, so we are assuming this
is a wild bird.

Richard Tkachuck

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[cayugabirds-l] WTS

2013-04-29 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Four WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS (3M, 1F) at our feeder this a.m. in the company
of one Song Sparrow and 2 Juncos.  Looks like fallout all over this area
based on reports from others this morning.  Yesterday there was a male
PURPLE FINCH at the feeder (FOY).
 
Bill and Shirley McAneny, TBurg

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] WTS

2013-04-29 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
FYI, white-throated sparrows are not sexually dimorphic -- meaning a
normal human can't tell male from female in the field. But they do
have two morphs -- bright-striped and tan-striped -- with an
interesting cross-preference relationship (see
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/white-throated_sparrow/lifehistory).

Actually, as I scroll through my Sibley's, it would seem that nearly
all Emberizine sparrows are sexually monomorphic (exceptions include
juncos and lark buntings).

Someone more expert should correct me if I'm wrong.

Suan

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] WTS

2013-04-29 Thread Carol Keeler
I've had both color morphs at my feeders this week.  


Sent from my iPad

On Apr 29, 2013, at 7:10 PM, Suan Hsi Yong suan.y...@gmail.com wrote:

 FYI, white-throated sparrows are not sexually dimorphic -- meaning a
 normal human can't tell male from female in the field. But they do
 have two morphs -- bright-striped and tan-striped -- with an
 interesting cross-preference relationship (see
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/white-throated_sparrow/lifehistory).
 
 Actually, as I scroll through my Sibley's, it would seem that nearly
 all Emberizine sparrows are sexually monomorphic (exceptions include
 juncos and lark buntings).
 
 Someone more expert should correct me if I'm wrong.
 
 Suan
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Female Ring-necked Pheasant

2013-04-29 Thread Geo Kloppel
This sounds like the behavior of a recently released bird. If you ask around 
the neighborhood, you might eventually discover a pheasant fancier (usually a 
hunter) who raises them from chicks and then releases them in the surrounding 
countryside, hoping they will become established. 

Or the pheasant fancier might just find you - that's what happened to me. One 
day a guy who lives several miles from me just stopped by and asked if I'd been 
seeing any of the young pheasants he had released on my land!

-Geo 

On Apr 29, 2013, at 2:47 PM, Richard Tkachuck rictkal...@gmail.com wrote:

 Today as I look out of my study window, I see a female ring-neck moving about 
 the yard. She has been here for about 5 hours taking some seed from under a 
 feeder, but mostly by my car. She has picked some smashed insects off of the 
 grill and has mostly done a whole lot of nothing. We noticed her a few days 
 ago in the field across the road spending time in a limited area. She looks 
 healthy. Just wondering what may be going on. BTW, we are about 25 miles away 
 from the Cornell pheasant farm, so we are assuming this is a wild bird.
 
 Richard Tkachuck
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] WTS

2013-04-29 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Thanks for pointing out the color distinctions.  As a normal human being, I
am willing to change my ID to three brights and one tan.  And I think a
little research is on my agenda.

Bill McAneny 

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FYI, white-throated sparrows are not sexually dimorphic -- meaning a normal
human can't tell male from female in the field. But they do have two morphs
-- bright-striped and tan-striped -- with an interesting cross-preference
relationship (see
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/white-throated_sparrow/lifehistory).

Actually, as I scroll through my Sibley's, it would seem that nearly all
Emberizine sparrows are sexually monomorphic (exceptions include juncos and
lark buntings).

Someone more expert should correct me if I'm wrong.

Suan

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[cayugabirds-l] Monkey Run South, Mon 4/29

2013-04-29 Thread Mark Chao
Out of school today because of grading of state tests, Tilden joined me for
a walk on the pink-blazed trail at Monkey Run South on Monday morning.  He
found a silent WINTER WREN - a life bird for him, and first sighting of the
year for me - up where the trail runs along the lip of the ravine.  We also
saw an OSPREY flying over, as well as a flock of 4+ kinglets in a pine.
Otherwise, it was very quiet.

 

Mark  

 


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